JGR Finishes 1-2-3 at Richmond, Truex Takes Home Victory

JGR Finishes 1-2-3 at Richmond, Truex Takes Home Victory

The second race in the first round of the playoffs took place at Richmond Raceway in Virginia. The unique 0.75 mile, D-shaped, asphalt race track presented a challenging drive as the worn-out surface forced repeated pit stops for fresh tires.

LAP 1: Kyle Larson was supposed to start in pole position, but was sent to the rear of the field for failing pre-race inspection twice. Denny Hamlin assumed P1, with teammate Martin Truex Jr beside him on the front row. Coming to the green flag, Truex jumped the start and passed the start/finish line before Hamlin, which resulted in a pass-thru penalty.

CAUTION – LAP 30: The yellow flag waved for the competiton caution so teams could check tire wear and make adjustments. Kurt Busch won the race off pit road, but fell back on the restart, allowing Denny Hamlin to take the lead.

CAUTION – LAP 41: While racing for 4th place, the left-rear tire on the #1 of Kurt Busch went down. Busch spun and made heavy contact with the SAFER barrier in Turn 1 that ended his night early.

STAGE 1 END – LAP 80: Denny Hamlin won the stage and picked up the playoff point. Behind him, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top 5 at the end of the stage. Elliott picked up the lead on the restart with Hamlin in a close second.

STAGE 2 END – LAP 230: Without a single caution in the second stage, Hamlin and Elliott put on an incredible show, swapping the top spot back and forth throughout the whole segment. In the end, it was Hamlin who picked up another stage win and the playoff point.

CAUTION – LAP 251: The #23 of Bubba Wallace brought out the final caution of the race when the left-front tire went flat on his Toyota Camry and caused him to his the SAFER Barrier in Turn 1. The field pitted during the caution and Martin Truex Jr won the race off pit road.

CHECKERED FLAG – LAP 400: Despite a charging Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex jr crossed the line 1.4 seconds ahead of his teammate to claim his 4th win of the season.

RESULTS:

  1. Martin Truex Jr
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Christopher Bell
  4. Chase Elliott
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Kyle Larson
  7. Ross Chastain
  8. Kevin Harvick
  9. Kyle Busch
  10. Ryan Blaney
  11. Austin Dillon
  12. Alex Bowman
  13. Brad Keselowski
  14. Aric Almirola
  15. Tyler Reddick
  16. Chase Briscoe
  17. Daniel Suarez
  18. Matt DiBenedetto
  19. William Byron
  20. Ryan Newman
  21. Erik Jones
  22. Cole Custer
  23. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
  24. Chris Buescher
  25. Ryan Preece
  26. Anthony Alfredo
  27. Justin Haley
  28. Michael McDowell
  29. Corey LaJoie
  30. BJ McLeod
  31. Garrett Smithley
  32. Bubba Wallace
  33. Joey Gase
  34. JJ Yeley
  35. Quin Houff
  36. Josh Bilicki
  37. Kurt Busch
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